Critical Care

critical care

About Our Practice

We provide comprehensive critical care services for over 2,000 patients each year who suffer from life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia, acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), liver failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, acute kidney failure and shock.

Our critical care teams are supervised by physicians who specialize in critical care medicine and pulmonary disease. Other physicians on our team include nephrologists, gastroenterologists, psychiatrists, cardiologists, physiatrists, endocrinologists, surgeons, radiologists, and consultants in infectious disease. Members of the physician teams are available continuously in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) 365 days/year.

Medical Intensive Care Units

Our MICUs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for managing all medical emergencies. Our nursing staff is a highly skilled and motivated group that delivers the best possible bedside care to our patients. They are also very concerned with our patients’ comfort, and they are attentive to our patients’ families, who frequently need information and guidance.

Our teams are complemented by strong support from nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers.

Areas of Special Focus

Our areas of special focus include diagnosis and management of ARDS and sepsis. We have conducted research on these conditions for over 30 years and have led and collaborated on many multicenter clinical trials of promising new treatments for ARDS. Our therapeutic approaches include:

  • Conventional lung-protective mechanical ventilation
  • High frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV)
  • Airway pressure release ventilation (APRV)
  • Inhaled prostacyclin
  • Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO)
  • Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Another of our areas of special focus is physical medicine and rehabilitation in the intensive care unit. We have a specialized program with dedicated physical therapists who use an array of specialized equipment and therapeutic approaches to prevent weakness, depression and functional loss while our patients remain on life support.

To speak to a critical care physician in our MICU about a patient, please call the Hopkins Access Line, 410-955-9444, and ask to speak to the MICU attending physician.



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